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Tributes to Northern Ireland farmer James McCollum killed in crash

By Donna Deeney

Tributes have been paid to James McCollum (75), who died when his Land Rover left the Curragh Road near Coleraine and hit a tree.

Mr McCollum, known as Jim, belonged to a respected farming family from the Blagh townland on the outskirts of Coleraine.

It is understood Mr McCollum was returning from Kilrea livestock market when the accident happened at around 3pm on Tuesday.

DUP councillor George Duddy described him as "a gentle, unassuming man who just went about his business quietly".

He added: "He was dedicated to his family and to his work as a dairy and arable farmer, and I offer them my sincere condolences at this time." UUP councillor William McCandless added: "The McCollum family are well respected throughout the Coleraine area and people from the town will be sorry to hear that James has died so tragically."

Police have appealed for witnesses to contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 101, quoting reference number 753 07/03/17.

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